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ERIC Number: EJ1162462
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Let's Get Charged Up
Duran, Emilio; Worch, Eric; Boros, Amy; Keeley, Page
Science and Children, v55 n4 p39-44 Dec 2017
One of the most powerful strategies to support next generation science instruction is the use of instructional models. The Biological Sciences Curriculum Study 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) instructional model is arguably the most widely used version of a learning cycle in today's classrooms. The use of the 5Es as an optimal strategy for effective science teaching that promotes conceptual understanding has been well documented in the literature. The model is constantly being refined as new research emerges to support its effectiveness. For example, one modification of the model inserted a new phase, Express, after the Explain phase to formatively assess and ensure that all the students are progressing adequately through the early stages of the learning cycle (Duran et al. 2011). This new 6E model seamlessly incorporates the use of formative assessment probes from the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series published by NSTA Press (see Internet Resource). Furthermore, this revised cycle provides for differentiated instructional experiences that enable all learners to meet the learning targets addressed in a particular lesson. This article describes a fourth-grade 6E lesson that incorporates multiple formative assessment probes to uncover students' ideas about electrical circuits and uses the information to make decisions about next steps for differentiating instruction. The probes are especially useful in uncovering conceptual misunderstandings that students often bring into the classroom. The lesson was taught over two 42-minute class periods in a departmentalized science classroom in a suburban school in Perrysburg, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo, Ohio. The students in the class were of mixed academic abilities and were asked to work individually on the tasks so as to better assess their own understanding of electrical circuits. This lesson helps students develop understanding about the transfer of energy, energy conversion, and interactions of matter and energy--all important disciplinary core ideas in the "Next Generation Science Standards." The authors begin by building an understanding of the flow of electricity through a complete circuit.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Grade 4
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A